“Seeing the Light”
“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light (Genesis 1:3).”
An amazing study on the fertilization of the human egg at Northwestern University is shedding light on the moment life begins. Their research demonstrates that at the exact moment of conception, when a sperm enzyme enters an egg, zinc is emitted producing a spark now captured by camera microscopes.1 Human life begins in a bright flash of light!
We may be tempted to believe that this discovery is a great cultural advancement as there is now conclusive proof that human life begins at conception. But this enthusiasm should be tempered because even as science learns more about the miracle of life the blinders will likely remain on for many. The old terminology still remains, “zygote, fetus, organism,” etc… To many, this discovery changes nothing about their true understanding of life. To them it remains strictly clinical. Those parts that possess certain values will be chosen and others rejected.
But to those who are sensitive to the light (John 3:21) these new findings are interpreted with fascination confirming the power and wonder of the God who gives us all life (Psalm 139:14). This discovery only serves to further demonstrate the truth that light and life go together.
Throughout the book of John, the Apostle develops the concept that Jesus is the “life-bringer and light-bearer.”2 Jesus is the “true Light (John 1:9)” that has come into the world. John wrote that “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men (John 1:4).” But not everyone is so pleased about presence of this Light of life. Jesus told Nicodemus that “the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God (John 3:19-21).”
Those who value life and light will be drawn to Jesus and come out of the darkness. “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life (John 8:12).” Therein lies the secret to everlasting life: to follow Him who is light and life.
So many around us continue to search for the meaning of life. Teresa Woodruff, one of the study’s two senior authors, said, “All of biology starts at the time of fertilization, yet we know nothing about the events that occur in the human.” Solomon wrote, “As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grown in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything (Ecclesiastes 11:5).” May it be that the word would go and more people could come to the true Light and find the abundant life.
“For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light (Psalm 36:9).”
Leon Morris, The Gospel According to John – New International Commentary Series, p.85 Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1971